When I was just a wee lad, I went to school in Lincoln Park. My friends lived around Depaul University and our walk to their house involved walking pas Bill Buckner's house. We knew this because we would occasionally see Buckner who was always gracious and pleasant and would talk to us and occasionally engage us in the random snowball fight. ( Buckner had an arm back then. Believe you me.) I remember knocking down one of his buddies. Pretty sure it was Dickie Knowles and I'm pretty sure I know now why he went down so easily. Point of this is, it was cool knowing a Cub on a slightly more intimate level than just looking at him on TV or on his baseball card.
Now that was a much different time. Today, we have more exposure to athlete's and their wives and unlike back then, liking the player as a person doesn't seem to matter as much. Oh sure, we don't want them to be D-bags or break the laws. But we'll take .300/350/ .440 over just a nice guy anytime. it's hard to relate with baseball players, with all the money they make playing what for most us is our ultimate dream.
But the truth is these are human beings, with lives and emotions. And that was on full display at this week's trade deadline. Now everyone knows what a fan I am of Kim Dejesus. heck the center fielder is called Kim Dejesus' husband for a reason. And one google search or one trip to Instagram and it's not hard to see why I became a fan of Kim. But as I followed her Tweets and read the local tidbits a more detailed character started to be formed. Of course she was hot, but she also is a very loving wife, a wonderful and doting mother, a person who works with many charities. And a person who absolutely loves living in Chicago and has no desire to leave. Suddenly, some way, some how, respect had crept in and she went from a very hot MILF to a very cool person.
And all this was being threatened this week as rumors of David- his name is David, right?- being a possibility for a title contender like Tampa Bay or Texas. So Kim did what any normal red blooded American would do.... She started drinking. in the afternoon. ALL HAIL KIM! Vine's started appearing showing her drinking during a cooking class. She'd constantly tweet how many hours there were until the deadline. This woman simply wanted the day to be over and for her (albeit fabulous) life to continue as normal.
After the Soriano trade, my interest in the trade deadline dropped to zero. The Cubs farm system is stacked enough right now that getting a C+/B- prospect isn't really adding anything. Unless you think getting a ninth outfielder to challenge John Andorelli is really Important to this team going forward ( Heck, Shawon Jr. may be that....). But suddenly, I had a rooting interest in this deadline. And judging by the amount of twitterers that came out to show support for Kim, I wasn't alone. DON'T TRADE ( David? It's David right?...) DAVID. DEJESUS. DON'T TRADE DAVID DEJESUS!!!!! And when the deadline came and passed I was happy that #9 was still on the Cubs and that somewhere a very drunk Kim was happy that she didn't have to pretend to be happy about living in Tampa.
I don't claim to know Kim or David Dejesus. Never spoke to them. But they seem like good people. And Chicago can use all the good people it can get. I think David Dejesus has one maybe 2 more years left playing with the Cubs, but I hope he plays every one of them, and it was nice to see a baseball player, and his adorably hot and drum wife, as something more than someone we see on TV or on their baseball card.
ODDS AND SODS
How much fun has Yasiel Puig been this weekend?
And how high are we setting the bar for Mr. Soler thanks to the success of Puig Mr. Cespedes?
So, let me get this straight.... There's actually some Cub fans out there that are mad that Julio Borbon got DFA'd because he made a real boneheaded play in the 9th and Anthony Rizzo made a bone headed play and got nothing? People do know that this is PEDRO BORBON!!!??!!??!??! a waiver pickup who they were just looking at and had to play lights out just to stick on the team right?!??!!! Anthony Rizzo has a much longer future and thus mistakes are taken into account differently. Like....people get this right?
I'm not say A-Rod is a sympathetic figure. Because he isn't. He's about as much of a sympathetic figure as he is a Centaur. But you can't suspend Alex Rodriguez for life simply because you want to. You have a system in place that says he can be suspended for 50-100 games. Plus more for the obstruction. But you suspend him for life and this thing goes to an actual court......? Well, I've seen Selig in court. He a not so good.
Joe Sheehan has been all over this. Have I mentioned how fabulous his newsletter is? It's fabulous. If you like baseball at all, it'll be the easiest $24 you spend.
I think if Josh Vitters can get healthy and stay healthy. BIG IF, he'll be a better hitter than Mike Olt. There I said it.
And who does John Arguello have to do some statistical analasys for to get Christian Villanueva a call up for Luis V!???!!!??!? I'm gladly offering his services.
Find myself watching and rooting the hardest on the days that Chris Rusin pitches. Not sure why that is.
Seeing the Killers this week. Kind of interested for that one.
Oh and disc one of the White Album is my morning with the Beatles music. Say Ob-la-di-la-da to that.
Has Sveum used a pinch hitter yet? No? But he has Russell warming up right.....?